Skip to comments.Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions
Posted on 05/23/2013 4:09:44 PM PDT by mdittmar
The state of Texas is turning down billions of federal dollars that would have paid for health care coverage for 1.5 million poor Texans.
By refusing to participate in Medicaid expansion, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, the state will leave on the table an estimated $100 billion over the next decade.
Texas' share of the cost would have been just 7 percent of the total, but for Gov. Rick Perry and the state's Republican-dominated Legislature, even $1 in the name of "Obamacare" was a dollar too much.
"Texas will not be held hostage by the Obama administration's attempt to force us into this fool's errand of adding more than a million Texans to a broken system," Perry said.
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They aren’t fooling us anymore
They (NPR) seem to think it is “free” money.
Brilliant! Bravo Governor Perry!
And a bronx cheer to the author of this biased article.
Gov. Rick Perry—the Benghazi Hussein Obama antidote.
They make it sound like Texas is refusing to take money from the magic money tree. Federal dollars are like heroin. Once you take them, you are trapped and hooked. Especially with the monstrosity called Obamacare. If anyone thinks Obamacare will be a net positive for any state, they are crazy.
Somebody on NPR thinks?
What they need to do now is pass a law requiring all banks in the state to report all bank accounts belonging to the IRS and all transactions going through them.
NPR = Need People’s Money
I’m poor I’m in Texas and I support Perry.
1.5 million poor Texans.
1.5 million illegal aliens.
For them everything depends upon the entire nation worshipping the federal government.
Texas does not want to go bankrupt like the federal government is and like many states are. We get closer and closer to the “Republic of Texas” the more Hussein tries to push us. Put up a freaking fence between us and the United States before we cave to that Muslim communist.
Exactly. Only shame is the Feds are going to take the taxes of responsible states like Texas and donate it to the liberal slave plantation states like California, New York, New Jersey and Hawaii
So once again we have a wealth transfer from the hard working to the leeches and parasites, those who only take from Gov’t. Texas oil wealth will be taxed and sent to the indolent states
(a rewrite to put this in context.)
The state of Texas is turning down billions of dollars in exchange for the immortal souls of Texans for seven generations.
By refusing to sell the immortal souls of Texans, and those of their descent, which is part of the Free Wealth for Souls Deal, the state will leave on the table the vast wealth offered by his Satanic majesty.
Texans wouldn’t have to surrender their souls immediately, but for Gov. Rick Perry and the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature, ever selling their souls in the name of greed and luxury was too much.
“Texas will not be held hostage by Satan’s attempt to force us into this fool’s errand of adding the souls of Texans to the burning torments of Hell,” Perry said.
Tom Banning, chief executive officer of the Texan’s Who Want Wealth Without Working For It, lobbied hard but unsuccessfully for the devil’s deal. He’s beside himself with frustration.
“The human soul is a myth. Whoever this Lucifer fellow is, he is offering us a great deal,” Banning says. “And otherwise we will only get what we work for with the sweat of our brows. And we’re going to be forgoing enormous amounts of swag and loot that was just going to be dropped in our laps.”
I guess Texans want a better chance on living prior to 2 years old and/or past 40.
> They arent fooling us anymore
Though they keep dangling the carrot hoping...
ObamaCare shafts the lower middle class by forcing millions of them onto Medicaid—an already overburdened system—rather than providing the comprehensive health care Obama promised. This is all a bait-and-switch scam to get states to expand their programs with promises of federal funding which will dry up in a few years. Kathleen Sebelius begging, threatening and extorting money out of the health care industry to pay for TV commercials is an omen not lost on the Texas legislature.
Most of the billions would have gone to paper pushing clock watchers anyway.
> The state of Texas is turning down billions of federal dollars that would have paid for health care coverage for
1.5 million poor Texans.
1.5 million illegal aliens.
Nail meet head.
Every Democrat political group in this nation and Cental American nations are focusing on the Democrat takeover of Texas politics within a generation.
At the state and local levels, acts like this by the Texas GOP will hasten the collapse of Texas as a GOP leaning state.
I’m not saying I disagree with the Texas GOP stance.
I’m saying they had better create a robust, common sense, well crafted and highly publicized line of reasoning and spread it wide and far to Texas voters, or the principled choice they made here will be the party’s doom.
By taking the limited money, they have to dramatically expand the acceptance criteria FOREVER. It’s like the Race to the Top grants of a few hundred million dollars one year while obligating you to spend hundreds of millions implementing and supporting CSCOPE for years.
The House GOP has no choice but to let ObamaCare implode DURING the frontloaded premiums period between now and 2017, and we all better pray and work our tails off to make sure the non-corrupt GOP in the House maintain a constant House majority between now and Omnibus Appropriations Bills in 2016 for the 2017 Budget, or all these states that blocked Medicaid expansion are going to be madhouses of populist demagoguery at levels unseen in the US since the Marxists showed up in the urban US cities in the 1890s.
The aftermath of the ObamaCare implosion could coincide with the raising of the FedReserve interest rates, at which point all hell will break loose as double digit numbers of American families are thrown into bankruptcy/poverty levels. Which in total might see a majority of households below the ObamaCare’s qualifying level of 300% of the poverty level.
At that point, the Texas GOP will beg the FedGov for Medicaid expansion, at a much worse bargaining position than at present.
Texas GOP (and other states’ GOPs) are playing with fire.
Guess what the mindless voters will choose.
1.5 million current poor would qualify for the expanded Medicaid program in Texas.
After an amnesty, the number would what, increase 50%, 100%, 150%, and costs would skyrocket.
The Medicaid Numbers
Medicaid as a percentage of Texas budget, SFY 2011: 26 percent
Percentage of Texas Medicaid budget spent on children, SFY 2011: 33 percent
Dollars spent on Texas Medicaid, FFY 2011: $29.4 billion
Double the number of poor through Medicaid expansion,
Double again the number of poor again by Amnesty, ...
and 104% of the Texas Total Annual Budget will go toward Medicaid.
Great. Tennessee also turned down the expansion (weak-kneed governor Bill Haslam knowing the General Assembly would not have backed him) and the Florida legislature slapped down Rick Scott’s attempt to implement the expansion there.
I’m not sure what the total breakdown of nonexpansion vs. expansion states is now but I do know the expansion states will rue the day they agreed to it in a few short years.
Most of those 1.5 Million “Poor Texans” are Illegal invaders. We should spend that money to round them up and ship every last one of their skanky asses back to Mexico.
You’re confused, the future taxpayers’ will rue the day their prior Legislators voted for expansion,
The current Legislators will be retired from office and working on their next grafting schemes,
and the future wealth transfer tax recipients will be overjoyous and do everything possible to maintain the program. Future Legislators will latch onto this program with both hands to demagogue their way into office on the backs of low information voters.
And you expect us Texans to care about “populist demagoguery”?
“...the Texas GOP will beg the FedGov for Medicaid expansion”
I believe you need a refill of your psychotropic drug. You are from New Jersey so there are likely many bottles available of your particular psychotropic drug.
“Texas GOP ... are playing with fire.”
After you take your drug, post on a Democrat website where you will be more comfortable to accept Hussein's communist healthcare.
The collapse of the GOP is eminent, the worst this will do is hasten it, as you say.
The best it will do is draw a clear distinction between them and the democrats, and maybe embolden other GOP states to follow its lead. Which really is the only hope for the survival of the GOP, and to defeat this legislative perversion.
“Youre confused, the future taxpayers will rue the day their prior Legislators voted for expansion”
You’re right, of course. “States will rue” was too broad because, as you note, the leeches will be well pleased and the buy-my-votes-with-taxpayer-money politicians will be enjoying their ill gotten government retirements.
Kind of like drug dealers giving product away for a while to set the hook - then you pay dearly.
God Bless Texas for refusing to spend other peoples’ money!
SEEMS to think. But then again, probably not.
"State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress (emphases added)." --Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
"Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States." --Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
And given Justice John Marshall's clarification of Congress's limited power to lay taxes, it can be argued that the states should accept Obamacare funds to help recover state revenues which were stolen from the states by corrupt Congress laying constitutionally indefensible taxes.